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The Kentucky Derby - the world's greatest horse race.

Kentucky Derby
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The Kentucky Derby has been held annually in Louisville, KY since 1875.  It is run on the first Saturday in May and is limited to thoroughbred horses that are 3 years old.  The race is currently run at a distance of 1 1/4 miles and has been since 1895.  Prior to that the Derby was run at a distance of 1 1/2 miles.  Colts and geldings who run in the Derby carry a weight of 126 pounds, fillies carry 121 pounds.


The Kentucky Derby is a Grade 1 race, the highest level in the grading system used to identify thoroughbred stakes races.  The current purse is in excess of 2 million dollars, with the winner receiving over 1.4 million.  The field is limited to a maximum of twenty entrants, and graded-stakes earnings determine which horses will make the race.

The Kentucky Derby is often called "The greatest two minutes in sports", as the race is usually run in about that amount of time.  The fastest Kentucky Derby was run by Secretariat in 1973 in a time of 1:59 2/5 seconds.  The race is also known as "The for the roses", as the winner receives a blanket of roses that is presented in the winners' circle.

The Kentucky Derby usually draws a crowd of around 150,000 people and is attended by celebrities and politicians.  The traditions surrounding the Derby are numerous - Mint Juleps, Derby Hats, The Derby Festival in Louisville, and the singing of "My Old Kentucky Home" as the horses enter the track are but a few that Derby fans look forward to each year.

The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the Triple Crown - a series of races for 3-year olds that includes The Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont.  Winning the Kentucky Derby brings fame and fortune to the horse and his owner and can launch the winning horse into a successful career as a thoroughbred stallion when he is done racing.

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